A party without cake is just a meeting – Julia Child
It took me a long time to decide on my learning project for my EC&I 831 class. I had numerous ideas that I wrote down and debated – with myself, with my husband, with coworkers and friends. Until a friend, staying with us before her trip to Cuba, laughed and said “You should learn how to bake. You’re terrible at it.”
I protested, because she’s known me since I was 8 – “Hey! I’ve learned how to bake! I’m okay at it now!”
Again, she laughed. And proceeded to tell my husband the story (again) of how I once made a cake and instead of adding 3/4 cups of water to the recipe, I added 3 or 4 cups of water. I made the rest of the recipe correctly and I somehow pulled an inedible cement block of cake out of the oven later.
She came over to my house the same day of the cake incident and my mom told the two of us to go outside and do something. We took the cement cake to the barn (as 12-year-olds this was a good idea.) When we threw the cake against the barn wall, it didn’t even break. (My friend has this story down pat, trust me.)
Now, some fifteen years later, I’ve honestly learned how to cook. I can even bake a little. I have a Pinterest board, full of recipes of food. Some of the recipes are even desserts. They are mostly near the bottom, since it was fun to pin them at one point. A long time ago. Out of all of the dessert recipes I have on Pinterest, I have made maybe five of them. If they worked, I’ve made them again – some of them multiple times.
So, after reflecting, I decided that I wanted to learn how to be a better baker. Specifically, a better French baker. Essentially the opposite of Heather’s amazing idea. My goal is to pick a few French dessert recipes from the internet and try to recreate them at home. I have a list to pick from – I know how much the internet loves lists. I found this one – 50 French Dessert Recipes.
For my project, I intend to pick ten desserts from the list and arrange them in order of easiest to hardest, trying to scaffold my French dessert learnings. I’m still working out how to rank them from easiest to hardest. I found the Cordon Bleu of Ottawa’s PDF online of the requirements for their Diplôme de Pâtisserie. I thought that maybe I could see where the ten desserts I picked would fall in the modules – basic, intermediate or superior.
I am excited to use Pinterest, videos, cooking blogs and websites in my quest to learn how to make delicious French desserts!